Recipes for saying goodbye to summer. Fun and festive things to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Copycat Hawaiian Punch Recipe

The end of summer is quickly approaching. As much as I’d like to stop it from happening, we are staring right at September. This summer has been so great and I’m sad to say goodbye. If I have to, these recipes are how I’d like to say it. A few fun summery recipes that scream summer fun. (And are also great to make in January when you need to remember what it is like to have the warm sun on your face.)

So fire up the BBQ, pack a picnic for the beach, or just a night on your deck. These recipes will help you say a proper goodbye to summer.

Copycat Hawaiian Punch Recipe

Homemade Hawaiian Punch – I made this punch and took it to a party and it was GONE in zero time. I put it in one of those big drink containers and froze ice in bowls so that it would keep it cold, but not water it down. I kept a bottle of rum on the side so that kids could have some, and adults could decide on their own how “festive” they wanted their drink.

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Tots

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Tots – A twist on the ol’ tot. Chances are you have a ton of zucchini in your garden or a neighbor trying to unload some. Make. This. Recipe. I loved them. My kids loved them. These are great with a glass of wine on the deck or alongside grilled chicken or anything between a bun.
Classic Hamburger with Homemade Burger Buns

Classic Burgers with Homemade Buns – Speaking of buns.. making your own is really easy. (Promise.) These buns are buttery and soft and take less time than a trip to the grocery store. Who doesn’t love a classic American burger? And why am I powerless over wavy chips?

tomato fennel salad recipe

Tomato, Fennel, and Cucumber SaladPeapod started offering a Peapod Local Farm Box this summer and my box was full of local tomatoes and fennel. I used those ingredients and a cucumber from my fridge to inspire this salad. It is fresh, clean, and so bright. Lemon really brings it all together. This is how I love to eat the most. What do I have, and how can I make it simple and fresh tasting? Perfect for end of summer nights with some grilled chicken or fish.

frosted cake batter bar recipe

Frosted Cake Batter Bars – Because nothing says summer like sprinkles. Or where I am from, we call them jimmies. I don’t bake a lot over the summer, but when I do, I promise that it is worth turning the oven on for. These bars were a favorite of my sweet-toothed oldest son.

How are you sending out summer? What’s on your menu?